Thursday, January 15, 2009
Former Strand Theater- Key West, Florida
This was the Strand Theater of Key West, now a Walgreen’s drug store. This Duval Street institution has the distinction of being a movie theater, and then being used in a 1993 film, when it was no longer a movie theater, to stand in for a movie theater.
Art imitates life? Maybe. Opening in the mid-1920s, The Strand closed in the early 1980s. According to this website, it opened as a nightclub, and then became a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in 1993.
The building closed in 2002, but is now open as a Walgreen’s, which restored its damaged marquee in an unusual and fitting manner to display its own advertising.
According to the Cinema Treasures website here, many other elements of its original interior were to be saved. From the IMDb site, we learn that this building was used in the 1993 film “Matinee” with John Goodman, a comedy where a film promoter releases a horror film here during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
It may not be often that a theater gets to star, especially when it’s no longer a theater at all.